New Arrivals · Crafts

August 19, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Be mine : 25 paper projects to share the love

August 18, 2016
Shim, Sally J., author.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2015]
112 pages ; 16 x 16 cm
"This paper-crafting book presents 25 projects including handmade cards and party favors that can be gifted and enjoyed any time of year"-- Provided by publisher.

Creative strength training : prompts, exercises and personal stories for encouraging artistic genius

August 8, 2016
Dunnewold, Jane, 1954- author.
Cincinnati, Ohio : North Light Books, [2016]
144 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
zS6792y--Back cover.
Includes index.
zArtists and athletes alike benefit from strength training. Building creative stamina takes encouragement, mentoring, and regular practice. In Creative Strength Training, you’ll discover powerful strategies that combine writing and hands-on art-making to overcome creative stumbling blocks, develop a unique voice and make creating art a regular habit.y--provided by

Rubber band engineer : build slingshot-powered rockets, rubber band rifles, unconventional catapults, and more guerrilla gadgets from household hardware

August 4, 2016
Akiyama, Lance, author.
144 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Handheld shooters. Many-thing shooter ; PVC slingshot rifle ; Crossbow ; Bow and arrow -- Mini siege engines. Pyramid catapult ; Enhanced mousetrap catapult ; Floating arm trebuchet ; Da Vinci catapult -- Hydraulic + pneumatic power. Hydraulic and pneumatic systems: the basics ; Pneumatic magic box ; Extending grabber ; Robot arm ; Hydraulic fighting robots -- Flight. Improvised darts ; Slingshot rocket ; Rubber band helicopter -- Other gadgets + contraptions. Paper plane launcher ; Wire loop game ; Propeller-powered car.
"Discover unexpected ways to turn common materials into crafty contraptions that range from surprisingly simple to curiously complex. In vivid color photos, you'll be guided to create slingshot rockets, unique catapults, and even hydraulic-powered machines. Whether you build one or all 19 of these designs, you'll feel like an ingenious engineer when you're through." --

Half yard kids : sew 20 colourful toys and accessories from left-over pieces of fabric

July 29, 2016
Shore, Debbie (Writer on sewing), author.
Tunbridge Well, Kent : Search Press Limited, 2016.
96 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Useful things -- Before you start -- The projects -- Templates and Index.
"The latest title from sewing guru Debbie Shore has arrived -- and it's her most fun yet! Packed with 20 colorful, inventive projects, it contains something for children of all ages. It contains a crafty fold-away easel for the young artist, a magnetic fishing game for the intrepid naturalist, and a colorful backpack for the young explorer. Why not make some spooky Halloween bunting to get ready for trick-or-treating, make a pirate cuddle pillow to decorate a swashbuckling bedroom, or just make up some funky monkey skittles for a game or two? Featuring Debbie's unique brand of friendly guidance, and packed with easy-to-follow photography, this book is ideal for beginners as well as providing inspiration to more experienced sewers,"

Bead it, iron it, love it! : over 300 great motifs for fuse beads

July 27, 2016
Holsting, Kaisa, author.
Hauppauge, NY : Barron's Educational Series, Inc., 2015.
128 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"A Quarto book"--Title page verso.
Tools, materials, & techniques -- The patterns -- The projects -- Create your own designs.
"Discover how easy it is to create unique, eye-popping accessories and jewelry out of fuse beads. This creative how-to book shows you how to transform simple beads into charming jewelry and home accessories using simple beading and melting techniques."

Crafting with nature : grow or gather your own supplies for simple handmade crafts, gifts & recipes

July 27, 2016
Renea, Amy, author.
Salem, MA : Page Street Publishing Co., 2016.
207 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Each chapter starts with a common plant and a beginner-friendly guide to growing or gathering it, then dives into ideas for what you can make with it.

Creative cut cards : 35 greeting cards for every occasion.

July 27, 2016
114 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Celebrations -- Special days -- Blank cards.
Create 35 beautiful hand-cut cards as special as the messages within them. In this book, a trace-and-cut technique is used to create elegant designs that can be enhanced with embellishments, color, pattern and texture. Ideal projects for year-round occasions.

Fabulous felt : 30 easy-to-sew accessories and decorations

July 27, 2016
Lapierre, Corinne, author.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent : Search Press, 2016.
128 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Materials & equipment -- Techniques -- Embroidery stitches -- Projects -- Templates.
30 fabulous felt accessories and decorations for yourself, your home and your loved ones. These modern Scandi-style designs are easy to make and have a timeless simplicity thar will enhance any home or celebration.

A very vintage Christmas : holiday collecting, decorating, and celebrating

July 25, 2016
Richter, Bob, 1970- author.
xiii, 209 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
Christmas decorating history -- Finding vintage Christmas -- Ornaments -- Lights -- Outdoor décor -- Putting it all together -- No tree? No problem -- Give a vintage gift -- Cards, wrapping, tags, and other ephemera -- Entertaining the vintage way -- Storing and preserving your vintage holiday finds -- A list of the top US flea markets at which to find vintage Christmas items.

Sensational soutache jewelry making : braided jewelry techniques for 15 statement pieces

July 25, 2016
Papp, Csilla, author.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Interweave, [2016]
128 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
"T5933"--Back cover.
"In Sensational Soutache Jewelry Making, you'll learn the basic techniques of soutache embroidery, and then get creative with 15 easy-to-follow projects for bracelets, earrings, brooches, rings and necklaces. Get inspired by author Csilla Papp's ideas, then use your imagination to put your own twists on projects like the simple but stunning Zima Earrings and Baroque Bracelet, or a challenging statement piece like the India Choker. Color and stone choice combine with elaborate braids to make these pieces distinctly yours."--provided from

Take a ball of string : 16 beautiful projects for your home

July 25, 2016
Schlee, Jemima, author.
127 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The kitchen -- The office -- The porch -- The bathroom.
Everyone has at least one long-forgotten ball of string lurking at the back of a drawer. Take a Ball of String shows us how to transform this everyday mundane item into an array of exciting makes. The pleasingly tactile nature of string makes it perfect for creating some crafty treasures. From rustic garden twine to soft cotton braid, these eye-catching projects will inspire you to get knitting, crocheting, coiling and knotting. The 16 projects fall into four main sections: Kitchen, Bathroom, Porch and Study. All the basic techniques and know-how are explained, with clear step-by-step instructions and pictures.

My handmade wedding

July 25, 2016
Mercer, Marrianne, author.
Tunbridge Wells, Kent : Search Press Limited, 2016.
127 pages : color illustrations, 26 cm
Includes index.
Planning your wedding -- The stationery -- The wedding party -- The ceremony -- The reception -- After the honeymoon -- Templates.
Ideal for creative, budget-savvy brides and grooms to be, this practical, friendly guide will help couples plan and personalize their big day. It begins with a chapter on organization: assessing your needs and your budget, selecting a theme and a style and working out what to do when. It then covers every element you might want to consider making, buying or renting, providing money-saving tips throughout.

Duct tape bags : 40 projects for totes, clutches, messenger bags, and bowlers

July 11, 2016
Morgan, Richela Fabian.
New York : Clarkson Potter/Publishers, [2016]
208 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

Make : easy 1+2+3 projects

July 11, 2016
San Francisco, California : Maker Media, Inc., 2015.
149 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm
Toys and games -- Arts and crafts -- Science and electronics -- Home and outdoors.
69 simple, kid-friendly, fully-illustrated hands-on projects from the pages of Make: magazine.

Colorful wirework jewelry : twist wrap weave

June 24, 2016
St. Jean, Kim, author.
Waukesha, Wisconsin : Kalmbach Books, 2016.
111 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm

DIY string art : 24 designs to create and hang

June 22, 2016
Dresbach, Jesse, author.
Blue Ash, Ohio : Interweave Press, [2016]
127 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"16MM02"--Back cover.
"String art is making a comeback with seemingly endless new designs, and author Jesse Dresbach's modern, more flexible approach lets you methodically string away to your heart's content. This book is full of patterns--simple to more intricate designs--that help you quickly get to the fun part of the craft--the stringing! Jesse walks you through his tool room, and even includes tips on cutting and preparing the right size boards. He shares how to structure the nails using paper patterns and details several stringing techniques. DIY String Art includes simple geometrics, nature-inspired motifs worked on tree slices, zodiac signs, and even patterns for negative space string art where you fill in the entire board everywhere but inside the chosen motif. These are cool, urban designs, some with random string work, some with faceted sections and still others with specific string paths to achieve more uniform results, and they look amazing no matter where you hang them."--provided by publisher.

Beginning illumination : learning the ancient art, step by step

June 8, 2016
Travers, Claire, author.
Atglen, PA : Schiffer Publishing Ltd., [2016]
80 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"Originally published as Initiation Enluminure by Fleures Éditions, Paris ©2006."--Title page verso.
"This photo-filled guide offers you all the information you need to begin the fascinating ancient art of illumination, and then to improve your skills. A short history of the art, including photos of some of the world's great medieval masterpieces, gives you context, and then you're introduced to the materials and basic techniques. First learn the proper ways of preparing your parchment, selecting pigments, gilding, and using color. Next, the five steps of illuminating are clearly taught in detail, step by step. By learning to create friezes, detailed human faces, flourishes, creatures such as dragons and elephants, and much more, you'll discover a skill that has crossed the centuries. Today, illumination can be used to add a special flair to diplomas, invitations, family trees, or a memorable event like a wedding, a birthday, or an anniversary."--provided by

Discover torch enameling : get started with 25 sure-fire projects

June 7, 2016
James, Steven, author.
Waukesha, WI : Kalmbach Books, 2016.
111 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
"67889--Back cover.
zAfter teaching this technique successfully for years, Steven is introducing all-new projects in this book. In a series of 25 small projects (pendants and beads), Steven will explore creating structural metal work (such as hinges) and applying enamel effects such as faux raku. Simple techniques include sawing/cutting/punching; dapping; riveting; lashing; soldering; and enameling. All these techniques are simplified and the only torch needed is a hand-held one that can be used in a home studio.y--provided by

Hubble stitch : instructions & inspiration for this adaptable new lace beadwork technique

June 2, 2016
Miguel, Melanie de, author.
Blue Ash, Ohio : Interweave, an imprint of F+W Media, Inc., [2015]
111 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Originally published as: Let's hubble! : a journey into the brand new beadwork stitch / Melanie de Miguel. [Alcester] : SRA Books UK, 2015.
"16BD06"--Back cover.
"In this book, Melanie presents her beautiful new beadwork technique--Hubble stitch. Whether you are a beginner or an expert beadworker you will easily learn how to Hubble and go on to add this exciting stitch to your arsenal of beading techniques."--provided by

Creating really awesome free things : 100 seriously fun, super-easy projects for kids

June 1, 2016
Dorobek, Jamie, author.
Avon, Massachusetts : Adams Media, [2016]
223 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes index.
100 kid-friendly projects from the creator of C.R.A.F.T.!Get ready for some serious family fun! Filled with 100 fun crafts, Creating Really Awesome Free Things helps you develop your child's creativity, imagination, and fine motor skills--all while using common household items. Each budget-friendly project features step-by-step instructions and keeps kids entertained, engaged, and learning all day long. You and your children will love recreating one-of-a-kind crafts like: Memory GameEgg Carton FlowersKey Wind ChimeRing TossLion MaskComplete with photographs for every project, Creating Really Awesome Free Things promotes hours of playtime fun with the entire family!

Block print : everything you need to know for printing with lino blocks, rubber blocks, foam sheets, and stamps

May 17, 2016
Lauren, Andrea, author.
144 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm.
Materials -- Tools -- Rules -- Art foam: Foam tiles :delftware; Simple cut shapes: oranges and lemons; Multicolor printing: palm planter; Stained-glass print: Toucan -- Block prints: One-color block print with a rainbow roll: color variation-rabbit moon; Multicolor interlocking block print: Amsterdam; Spot-color print: feathers; Two-color printing: ukulel; Hand-colored linocut: coral reef; Linocut with chine-collé: sailboat; Transparent ink print: sea horses; Key block linocut with spot colors: robin's nest; Reduction linocut: cat; Multiplate print: retro flower vase; Two-plate print: bird on a branch -- Stamps and combined techniques: Printing in repeat: owl stamps; Premade stamp with carved stamp: trees; Combining foam stamps and carved blocks: abstract -- An international artists' gallery: Mariann Johansen-Ellis; Bridget Farmer; Nick Morley; Hitomi Murakami; Teresa Winchester; Linda Cote; Amy rice; Giuliana Lazzerini; Mike Schultz; Evelyne Mary.
Teaches beginners and experienced artists alike how to create their own printing blocks and patterns, and features artwork from block print artists around the world. Learn to create classic block print patterns for greeting cards, wallpaper, book illustrations and more with Andrea Lauren's easy step-by-step instruction! Artist and Designer Lauren shows you simple techniques for creating your own printing blocks out of art-foam. With no cutting and chiseling, these art-foam blocks can be made into shapes and patterns using only scissors and a pencil. Use these printing blocks, or purchased stamps, to create repeat patterns or bundled groupings to get that classic block print look for wallpaper, book illustrations, framing prints, greeting cards, gift wrap, fabric prints, and so much more!

100 simple paper flowers

May 11, 2016
Elam, Kelsey, author.
New York : Lark, [2016]
192 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Includes index.
The anatomy of a flower -- 100 paper flowers -- Making the flowers -- Templates.
This exquisite collection contains a bouquet of beautifully simple step-by-step projects, complete with templates. Whether you’re looking to make a single perfect rose, a vaseful of daisies for your desk, or something even more elaborate, all it takes is a handful of techniques to create a colorful paper garden.

Start making! : a guide to engaging young people in Maker activities

May 3, 2016
Martin, Danielle, (writer) author.
x, 198 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
Includes index.

Hand-printing studio : 15 projects to color your life--a visual guide to printing on almost anything

May 3, 2016
Olmsted, Betsy, 1980-
Lafayette, California : Stash Books, [2016]
111 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
"15 colorful hand-printing projects for your home, with 12 ready-to-use patterns in Betsy Olmsted's thoughtful sophisticated style"--Provided by publisher.

Polymer clay Chinese style : unique home decorating projects that bridge Western crafts and Oriental arts

May 2, 2016
Han, Han, author.
New York, NY : Better Link Press, [2016]
132 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Chapter one. Getting to know polymer clay -- Chapter two. Preparations -- Chapter three. Introductory lessons -- Chapter four. Advanced lessons.
"Polymer clay can be transformed into a variety of objects, such as birds, animals, plants, and food. Have you ever tried to merge this western craft with Asian culture to explore another type of artistic aesthetics? This book merges Western polymer clay making basics with Asian traditions to create practical, yet beautiful pieces of art for your home."--provided by

feed —Subscribe to the Crafts feed .


For Teens

For Kids


Electronic Resources



Large Print